Voter ID
in Maryland

Many states now require Voter ID at the polls in order to vote. Find out your state's ID requirements so you know what to bring with you to cast your ballot.

Do all voters need ID?
No

ID required for first time voters?
Yes

ID required when voting absentee?
No

Acceptable ID Types for Maryland

Maryland voters are not required to show ID at the polls or by mail.

First time voters who did not provide their DL number or SSN when registering to vote will need to provide one of the following forms of identification when voting;

In Person: Photo ID or proof of residence
By Mail: Copy of photo ID or proof of residence

Valid Forms of Identification include;

Photo IDs that have photograph and name:

  • Driver's license or state issued ID card
  • Passport
  • Employee ID card
  • Credit or Debit card
  • Student ID
  • Health Club ID
  • Insurance Plan ID card
  • Public Housing ID card
  • ID card provided by a commercial establishment

"Non-photo" IDs that have name and address:

  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Government check
  • Government Paycheck
  • Document Issued by a governmental agency

What happens when you go to vote without an ID

You can vote using a provisional ballot. However, the ballot will not be counted unless you provide one of the acceptable forms of ID above to your local elections board by the second Wednesday after the election. For more information on casting a provisional ballot, click here.

Trans and Non-Binary Voters

Click here for state specific information for updating your ID and voter registration.

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